screen one's (telephone/phone) calls

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Definition of screen one's (telephone/phone) calls

: to let an answering machine answer one's phone in order to hear who is calling before deciding to talk to whoever it is

Word by Word Definitions

screen play
  1. : a protective or ornamental device (such as a movable partition) shielding an area from heat or drafts or from view

  2. : something that shelters, protects, or hides: such as

  3. : a growth or stand of trees, shrubs, or plants

  1. : to guard from injury or danger

  2. : to give shelter or protection to with or as if with a screen

  3. : to separate with or as if with a screen

telephone play
  1. : an instrument for reproducing sounds at a distance

  1. : to speak to or attempt to reach by telephone

  2. : to send by telephone

  3. : to communicate by telephone

phone play
  1. : telephone

  2. : earphone

  1. : telephone

  1. : a speech sound considered as a physical event without regard to its place in the sound system of a language

  1. : sound

  2. : speaker of (a specified language)

  1. : of or relating to a population that speaks (a specified language)

call play calls
  1. : to speak in a loud distinct voice so as to be heard at a distance : shout

  2. : to make a request or demand

  3. : to utter a characteristic note or cry

  1. : an act of calling with the voice : shout

  2. : an imitation of the cry of a bird or other animal made to attract it

  3. : an instrument used for calling


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